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- 1913 For incidents which occured during the Cup Final in April Charlie Thomson, Sunderland centre-half and captain, Harry Hampton, Aston Villa and England centre-forward and referee Mr Adams were all suspended for the first month of the next season. Thomson joined Sunderland in 1908 from Hearts and was already an international going on to play 21 times for his country before the First War which ended his career. Hampton joined Villa in 1904 and at the end of his first season won a FA Cup medal. Known as the "Terror of Goalkeepers" he won an international against Scotland in April 1913 by barging goalkeeper and ball into the net. He scored nearly 250 League goals but only appeared four times for England.
- 1947 England beat Portugal 10-0 in Lisbon. This was England's first match against Portugal and had several other interesting points. Stan Mortensen scored four goals on his debut, Tommy Lawton also scored four (the second time he had done this) and this was the first match that Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews were in the same side.
- 1958 Alex Parker, Scotland and Falkirk full-back, transferred to Everton but had to wait several months for his debut while he completed National Service in Cyprus. He joined the Bairns in 1950 and made his debut three years later winning a Scottish Cup medal in 1957. Remained with Everton until the summer of 1965 when he moved to Southport. Won a League Championship medal in 1963 and played for Scotland 15 times between 1954 and 1958.
- 1959 Bertie Auld, young Celtic and Scotland outside-left, was sent off during the international between Scotland and Holland in Amsterdam. It was his international debut.
- 1961 Fiorentina beat Rangers 2-1 in the second leg of the European Cup Winners Cup Final. This makes the aggregate score 4-1 and remains the only European trophy that the Italian team has won.
- 1981 Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the European Cup Final played in Paris.
- 1982 The FA Cup Final replay at Wembley Tottenham Hotspur beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 with a Glenn Hoddle penalty.
- 1996 The England team are in trouble because of their behavior on a flight back from a far Eastern tour prior to Euro 1996. The press blame the "usual suspects" but the whole squad accept responsibility.